We asked the FIRST Teams to write in about their mentors in anticipation of National Mentor Day. Here is what FIRST Team 4125, 955, 4127 & 1425 wrote:
Everyone on Team 4125 appreciates and values our mentors. Thanks to our mentors we have progressed and become better members of our community. They guide and lead us with their knowledge.
We have three main mentors: Mr. Sipe, Mr. Fisher, and Mr. Butler. Our build-team mentor is Kyle Sipe. He is a math teacher at our local Middle School (Clara Brownell MS). Our design-team mentor is John Fisher; he too is a teacher at Umatilla School District. Our marketing mentor, Tyler Butler, works for the Robinson Tech. They are constantly working around their schedules to be able to be here.
I believe I can speak for everyone at FIRST when I say “Thank you mentors for all you have done for us.”
Team 955 loves their mentors! They help with the growth of the team as a whole; helping students advance their knowledge and skills and realize their potential. It’s amazing to work with professionals in science and engineering fields and it’s helped inspire us to further pursue those careers. Mentors listen to our ideas, help us see new perspectives, and are willing to teach us no longer how long or how much work it may take. They do this in a positive way however, giving us space so that our team can still be both self-motivated and peer-led. Besides their helpful nature and vast knowledge, they’re fun people to be around.
We appreciate all their time and hard work! Thank you mentors!
Team 955 Mentors:
- Arian Kulp (Aeshen)
- Arun Agarwal (HP)
- Cathy Peltier (HP)
- Chris Thompson (self-employed)
- Dave Regan (Armored Penguin)
- Holli Pick (ODOT)
- Jamie Moore (HP)
- John Gotchall (Corvallis Clinic)
- Kevin Groom (Linn County Road Department)
- Mark Hayden (Nuscale)
- Masami Takikawa (Oracle)
- Melinda Lind (CSD 509J)
- Michael Anderson (OSU Student)
- Michael Groom (OSU Student)
- Mike Bailey (OSU)
- Mike Hayes (HP)
- Ron Sims (Ford, retired)
- Tim Brumbaugh (MEI)
- Wiatt Kettle (RLA Engineering)
- Will Rottenkolber (Craig’s Custom Tile)
To us, our mentors are everything. Without them, we would have no sense of direction. We have had many people step forward from our community to help us with the task of creating our robot. As we have so many, to save space, I feel it would be best to just list them.
Jeff Ely and Mitch Siebert work for Intel Corporation, Jack Finzel is the retired owner of Ajax Machine. Jay Anderson is the retired owner of ProCraft. Jim Buxton is a retired electronics technician. Greg Schaumburg works for West Oregon Electric Cooperative. Daniel Mullikin is an IT professional with Shari’s restaurants. And of course, we can’t forget James Brookins, who works as an administrator and teacher for the Vernonia School District.
We also have two recent graduates of the team mentoring us and sharing their experiences. Chris Dass works at TNW Corporation and Brandon Krause works for Douglas Machining Incorporated.
Team 1425 is blessed with countless extraordinary and unique mentors. Our mentors range from teachers, full-time workers to parents, all with the goal of our success in robotics and school in mind. Teaching us lessons far beyond the fields of robotics and engineering, our mentors have taught us how to tackle a challenge, problem solve, communicate and work together. These skills aid us in our year-round robotics endeavors, but also in school and one day, our careers. Tim Bennington-Davis of Ixia is a mentor on the electrical sub-team.
Tim—along with other mentors—does a great job of pushing students to think and develop ideas on their own. Their goal is for us to be able to design our robot, redesign it to be most efficient and be able to defend our decisions with our knowledge in the field.
Our team’s mentors are remarkable role models for us to look up to as we complete high school and plunge into college. With their support, my confidence has grown, from mechanical team to the classroom.
Team 1425 Mentors:
- Tim Bennington-Davis: Ixia
- Eric Rippey: Ixia
- Marshell Stowell: Lam/ Novellus
- Jeff Lewis: Lam/ Novellus
- Forest Edwards: Flir
- Marsha Stephen: Self Employed
- Tom Nagler: Intel
- Al Bianchi: Maxim
- Larry Steeley: self employed
- Sarah Leondar: Daimler Trucks North America
- John Jennings: Rocketdyne and United Technologies
- Matthew Eppelsheimer
- Kris Troha: Teacher at Wilsonville High School
- Steve Tarr: Xerox